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Brad Marchand On His Reputation

from Matt Kalman of the Boston Herald,

Marchand, though, will be a welcome addition to the Bruins lineup for the stretch run. And while he’ll be looking to help the Bruins, he’ll also be trying to rehabilitate his own image after his sixth, and longest, NHL suspension.

Marchand is on the verge of a third straight 30-goal season, but his disciplinary issues have tarnished his reputation as much as his production has boosted it.

“It’s tough. I’ve tried for a while now to kind of get away from that role and just can’t seem to escape it,” Marchand said after yesterday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena. “I think obviously you look at the last few years, I’ve turned into a decent player, and it’s tough to be branded with that name consistently. Obviously it’s from my own doing, but it’s tough to escape.

“It’s what I had to do to get in the league, so I’ll never say that I wouldn’t go back and play the same way coming into the league, and it’s what I had to earn a job and get to where I am today. But it’s definitely tougher. It’s something . . . when you’re done, you want to look back on it and say that you’re remembered as a decent player, and I’ve had a decent run with the (Stanley) Cup and World Championship, World Cup and World Juniors. So there’s some accolades there, too, that I want to be remembered for, but it’s kind of overshadowed right now.”

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If he would stop hitting people in the head intentionally, he wouldn’t be seen as such a douche nozzle.

Posted by teldar on 02/06/18 at 10:14 AM ET

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So there’s some accolades there, too, that I want to be remembered for, but it’s kind of overshadowed right now.

I think that’s how out of touch he is.  It’s not just overshadowed right now, it’s ALWAYS like that.  People think of him as a dirty player who has been on some good teams.  Not a winner who is occasionally dirty.

The thing that bothers me is he is good…but he gets caught up in too much other stuff.  I just wonder if he’d be able to produce at the same level if he wasn’t always up to his shenanigans.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/06/18 at 11:54 AM ET

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but his disciplinary issues have tarnished his reputation

huh? what discipline?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 02/06/18 at 12:53 PM ET

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I’d like to know what PeeWee coach taught Marchand how to play.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 02/06/18 at 12:54 PM ET

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He’s a very, very good and highly impactful hockey player.

But that “stuff he’s been trying to get away from” is stuff that he’s done
quite intentionally. And frequently, in many varieties, over a long period
...and is still doing.

It’s not just irritating, instigator type “stuff” either. A lot of the head shots and slew foots
are particularly dangerous plays.

If he really wants to keep a bit of an edge and move away from the cheapshots,
it’s in his control. If not, his rep and record are such that he will continue to deserve
longer and longer suspensions until he gets the message.

Honestly he’s gotten off lightly thus far. He’s lucky that the suspensions have been light
enough not to interfere in his development into an impact, big-contract player.
Playing for Boston, he’s been as protected as any player in the league - lots of fighters
to look out for him and Jeremy Jacobs whispering in the Gary Bettman’s ear.

Posted by Lefty30 on 02/06/18 at 05:45 PM ET

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